Sticking One's Head in the Sand

January 5, 2015 5:15 PM

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In a recent article about the impending closing of yet another American orchestra, one executive from a second orchestra was bemoaning the discussion about the reduction in interest in classical music and opera. In particular, he was upset with Peter Gelb's comments about a reduction in demand for opera and classical music. "If you don't believe in the art form and you're not willing to work your ass off for it, then get out," he stated.

I can imagine not wanting a colleague who felt classical music was bad, irrelevant or immoral. I can even imagine suggesting that someone who felt it was impossible to build an audience or attract a donor group look elsewhere for employment. But for the life of me, I cannot imagine that someone who ...

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